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Brexit is not the answer to the new generation of free trade agreements

Adrian Weir, 3 May 2016

Whether Britain votes to leave or remain in the EU, we will need to maintain the campaign against TTIP and other free trade agreements.

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Economic growth slows, and the problem is bigger than the EU Referendum

Faiza Shaheen, 27 Apr 2016

The recent slowdown in UK economic growth is just the latest demonstration of a deeply troubled economy.

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The 2016 Rich List: Another sign that our economy is defunct

Faiza Shaheen, 24 Apr 2016

The 2016 Sunday Times Rich List is out and the general trend is the same - the rich are getting richer, to the tune of £28.5 billion in the last year, or nearly £78 million a day.

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Government U-turns on Trade Union Bill as peers threaten rebellion

Silkie Cragg, Hannah Reed, 20 Apr 2016

Government U-turn on the proposal to stop payroll collection of subscriptions is a major victory for trade unions.

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Tax and the wealthy: the tip of a very unhealthy iceberg

Professor Tracy Shildrick, 19 Apr 2016

The Panama Papers are not just a story about the immoral and illegal financial behaviours of the wealthy, it is also a story of the near certain perpetuation of social class inequality across generations.

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Promoting economic democracy in the twenty-first century

Professor Andrew Cumbers, 15 Apr 2016

New research project launched to investigate the issue of economic democracy and create a global index of economic democracy that can develop a set of comparative indicators about levels of democracy and public participation in the economy.

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Poverty and prosperity sit side-by-side in British cities

Kevin Gulliver, 12 Apr 2016

David Cameron’s tax affairs controversy has propelled the state of UK inequality into the centre of political debate. While the Prime Minister’s ‘tax planning’ may be legal, it taints claims that ‘we are all in it together’. It is the poor who have borne the burden of austerity, while the rich have their tax havens.

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The Panama Papers reveal deep problems at the heart of our economy

Faiza Shaheen, 8 Apr 2016

The issues uncovered by the Panama Papers are a symptom of our wealth and income inequality.

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It’s time to halt the UK’s great public asset boot sale and build Britain’s first social wealth fund

Stewart Lansley, 4 Apr 2016

Stewart Lansley explains the theme of his new book which argues for Britain's first social wealth fund.

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The increase to the minimum wage should be welcomed, but the fight against inequality is being lost

Faiza Shaheen, 1 Apr 2016

Inequality is bad for economy and bad for society. Let's not allow a rise in the national minimum wage to take our eye off the real prize - better distribution of profits.

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Budget 2016: The reaction from our panel

Jenny Rouse, Professor Prem Sikka, Jo Michell, 16 Mar 2016

Our panel give their reaction to today's budget

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What can we expect from today’s budget?

Faiza Shaheen, 16 Mar 2016

Class director Faiza Shaheen looks to the announcements ahead

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Doreen Massey - our friend and colleague

Ellie O’Hagan, Dulcie Fairhurst, 12 Mar 2016

Staff at Class pay tribute to the great thinker.

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The crisis behind the headlines of corporate scandals

Professor Prem Sikka, 9 Mar 2016

How to tame corporations and bring them under democratic control is the question behind many a headline scandal. Corporations enjoy too many privileges and rights and too little responsibility and public accountability.

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What are the next battles for gender equality?

Faiza Shaheen, 8 Mar 2016

Women are still not equal to men, but the nature of that inequality is changing. Director Faiza Shaheen looks at the issues that need to be addressed.

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Looking ahead: what Class did next

Faiza Shaheen, 25 Feb 2016

Our new director, Faiza Shaheen, outlines her priorities for Class in the coming year.

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Now a lost eleven years on pay, unprecedented for at least 150 years

Geoff Tily, 18 Feb 2016

Figures suggest wages will not reach their 2007 peak until 2018. Working people are paying a high price indeed.

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More likely to go to prison than university? But a degree doesn’t close the pay gap

Florence Bates, 4 Feb 2016

Nearly half of BAME people have degrees, but that doesn't mean they are treated fairly in the workplace.

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How our social security system holds back low-paid workers

Ellie O’Hagan, 3 Feb 2016

A new report by the Equality Trust finds that Britain’s poorest working parents lose more of their earnings through taxes and social security withdrawal than the richest 1 per cent.

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Why the Lords’ defeat of the government’s attempt to redefine child poverty is important

Ellen Broome, 29 Jan 2016

The new approach would abolish income measures of poverty. Income is at the heart of child poverty as it is a key influence on children’s development and opportunities.

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